Projects at Work
  • Agile

    What's Your Story?

    - by Sondra Ashmore, Kristin Runyan (October 8, 2014)

    Requirements in Agile environments are handled very differently than in projects following linear processes. In Scrum, requirements are collected and shared through user stories, which have a precise format that invites conversation and collaboration. Here are some examples and guidelines for writing effective user stories.

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  • Conflict

    The Extra Hours Trap

    - by Andy Jordan (September 22, 2014)

    As leaders we should never lose sight of the welfare of our team members, no matter how tight the deadline or stressful the workload. If our actions threaten their welfare then we need to seriously reassess the situation, or it will cost us in other ways down the line.

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  • Agile

    Agile Anti-Patterns

    - by Bart Gerardi (September 4, 2014)

    In this new series, we look at some common problems that Agile teams face, and the common “solutions” that rarely seem to work and often make things worse. Sometimes we need to avoid the well-worn path. Let’s start with the misguided attempt to directly translate story points to effort hours.

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Risk

Risk Finale

- by Andy Jordan (October 29, 2014)

Our 12-part series on organizational risk management concludes with a call to action — it starts with assessment and identification … leads to investment, buy-in and ownership … and makes use of tools and concepts like the risk profile, capacity and constraints hierarchy.

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Agile

Agile Anti-Patterns: #6-7

- by Bart Gerardi (October 22, 2014)

There are many ways that story points are often used incorrectly by well-meaning teams. In the fourth installment of our series, we look at two more agile anti-patterns that seem like good ideas but aren’t: allowing everyone to have a vote, and playing “Go Fish” during planning exercises.

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Bart Gerardi

Sr. Technical Program Manager, Amazon.com
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